Lucknow, Apr 14: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is the main accused in Unnao rape case, has been sent to seven-day police custody. He was produced before a Lucknow court on Saturday. Earlier in the day, he had claimed, “I have faith in judiciary.” Confirming the development, the BJP MLA’s lawyer said, “We support fair investigation. He has been sent to 7-day CBI custody.”

Kuldeep was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Unnao. The development came a few hours after the Uttar Pradesh government handed over the Unnao rape case to the CBI.

The CBI had registered three FIRs in the case. The first FIR pertains to the alleged rape of the girl in which Sengar and a woman, Shashi Singh, have been named as the accused. The second one pertains to rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and also the alleged killing of the victim’s father in judicial custody. Since the murder charge was added subsequently by the state police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR. The third case pertains to the allegations against the victim’s father, who was arrested under the Arms Act and put in jail by the police, where he died. According to the post-mortem report, he had suffered serious injuries.

The victim and his family members had tried to commit suicide outside the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The victim’s father was arrested by police on April 5. He died in custody on April 9.

Yogi Adityanath on Unnao Rape Case

Following Kuldeep’s arrest, CM Adityanath said, “Hamari sarkaar iss mudde par kisi prakar ka compromise nahi karegi…. Apradhiyon se bhi…chayey woh koi bhi ho, kitna bhi bada ho (Our government will not compromise on this issue, howsoever big the criminals may be). He also claimed that the government took immediate action in the case. “We formed an SIT (special investigation team) soon as the matter came to our knowledge on April 9. On the basis of the SIT’s report the guilty policemen and doctors were suspended. We also referred the case to the CBI,” he said.

He also asserted that the government is working on the policy of “zero tolerance” against crime and corruption ever since he assumed office.

PM Modi on Unnao, Kathua Rape Cases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday broke his silence over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases saying that crimes against women have shamed the country and the culprits won’t be spared. “It’s an insult to the freedom fighters who gave their lives for the Independence of this country. We are all ashamed as a society, as a country,” he said.